Monday, January 14, 2013
I've made it four whole days with absolutely no intense sweets - no sugar, no honey, no syrup (diet or otherwise), no Splenda/Equal/Sweet n Low/saccharine, no raisins/dried fruit, no sugar free pudding, no sugar free ice cream, and no juice. When you understand that other than 2 times when I tried for several weeks to reduce my artificial sweetener use (and ended up using more regular sweeteners), I have been using large amounts of artificial sweeteners for many years. I substituted an artificial sweetener habit for a sugar habit. I could control my weight, but I still felt somewhat out of control and knew that I was not fueling my body optimally.
The last few days I have really enjoyed fruit. It amazes me that even things I don't usually think of as sweet (baby carrots, corn, peas, almonds, bananas, tomatoes) suddenly seem sweet to me. I thought this might happen, but certainly did not expect it to happen so soon. I find I can drink tea, herbal tea, coffee, and decaf coffee with nothing added. I don't like them as much, but that is fine, because I will probably drink more plain water and consume less caffeine which is an improvement.
Funny, but probably my hardest challenge was the Weight Watcher Open House. They served smoothies and samples of raspberry shortbread - both definitely sweet. I stayed away from them just fine at first, but then went over to the table to speak to one of the servers who I originally met at the first 5K I ran. I didn't take any refreshment, and didn't feel odd about it. Then they passed out samples of the new Celebration Cake bars. I brought mine and my nephew's home and gave them to my daughter yesterday. Then, believe it or not, my thank you gift for speaking was a box of Weight Watcher lemon filled lemon cakes! I brought them home and they are up (top shelf) in the cabinet. The family has decided they will be dessert at our next extended family dinner. My hubby particularly likes lemon. That will work! I had a hard time believing with all the savory snacks Weight Watchers sells that there was not one thing offered at the Open House that was not sweet. Oh, well, I proved to myself I can control my sweet tooth in a social setting
I'm definitely going for a week with no sweets and then I'll see whether I'm ready to reintroduce a very, very moderate amount. Or maybe not.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
My Weight Watcher success story presentation went well. There were about 30-35 people there at the Open House to hear it. My one regret was that Aquagirl (Cyndi) came especially to support me, but missed it. Originally my leader told me my presentation would be around 2 pm, but when I went to the 10 am meeting, she asked me to come back at 12:30. As soon as I walked in the room she called me to the front to present. Thanks, Aquagirl. I do appreciate your effort!!
If I had it to do over again, I'd have interrupted my leader and asked to come back up front. I had my before pictures with me and forgot about them. I could have shown them and I can always run my mouth about the amazing way it feels to be a healthy weight after more than 5 decades of overweight/obesity and trying and trying to get there.
There certainly are a lot of people who have lost more weight than I have. There are people who look more amazing than I do. There are other people who have yoyo dieted and lost weight many times. But there really aren't a whole lot of people who were overweight from the time they were one year old who finally in their sixth decade found what works for them. For me it is Weight Watchers/SparkPeople & SparkFriends/YMCA/Galloway Running/and playing actively with the grandkids!!
Oh, and by the way, the scale was 127.8 this morning, the lowest I've been in months!!
Friday, January 11, 2013
Here's my Weight Watcher success story from my application. It is all true, but leaves out a lot about other positive influences in my life, including SparkPeople:
When I first joined Weight Watcher in 1968, I was 19 years old and had already spent most of my life overweight. Back then in addition to 5 fish and 1 liver meal per week, you had to lose 10 pounds and attend 16 meetings to become a member of Weight Watchers. Well, I went for 14 weeks, lost over 20 pounds, and then left to become a Peace Corps volunteer in applied nutrition in India. Although I didnít become a member then, I did gain confidence in my ability to look like someone who should talk about nutrition. And the thing I liked best about my weight loss was that I no longer felt the need to limit my movement because I was afraid people would see my fat rolls jiggle.
When my daughter approached me at the end of 2008, asking me to go to Weight Watchers with her to help her lose baby weight, I was reluctant. I had made lifetime in the 1970ís, even briefly working for Weight Watchers in the 1980ís. In total I had lost 60 pounds twice and 30 or more pounds eight times. I could lose weight, but I had no confidence in my ability to maintain. In fact at my age Ė late 50ís at that point Ė I doubted I could even lose the weight. My daughter persisted, and promised if I didnít make progress in three months that she would drop the issue. So, I went.
Carol-Lee not only remembered me, she welcomed me with open arms. She even recognized that I had kept off quite a bit of the weight I had lost in her meeting in 1998-1999, when I started at 205 pounds. (My top weight of 212 was several weeks before at the cardiologistís office.) I had gone back to Weight Watchers feeling like a failure, but my former leader made me feel like a success.
On my 12th week I had lost 10% of my starting weight, and in March 2009 I was back within two pounds of my goal weight. On the Momentum program I added 4 maintenance points and continued to lose weight very slowly for more than a year. I read everything I could get on how to maintain, because I knew that was my issue. Carol-Lee got down on her knees at one meeting and asked me to keep coming to meetings and I did. I kept tracking, too. I joined the maintenance message boards at weightwatchers.com. [Incidentally, that is where I heard about SparkPeople.] I earned increased activity points, going from 14 a week to 28 a week. I soon weighed less than I had 30 years before at my marriage, then weighed less than I had in high school, and then Ė beyond my wildest dream Ė I weighed less than I did in junior high school with a BMI of 21.
I soon reduced my goal weight from 155 to 139 and Iíve comfortably maintained below that weight more than three years and counting.
If you see me online, youíll recognize me as Slenderella. Dreams really can come true!!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
I did it!! I've now gone 42 hours without any sweet food or drinks; no sugar, no Splenda, no diet drinks, no dried fruit, no juice; only water, skim milk, black unsweetened coffee and unsweetened tea/herbal tea to drink. Yes, I know there is lactose in milk and fructose in fruits but I'm not counting natural sugars in healthy foods. Funny, but I swear the baby carrots I had last evening tasted really sweet, when just a couple days ago two Splendas in my coffee I could hardly taste and wanted more. The apple I enjoyed yesterday tasted really good, too. I believe this challenge to reset my sweet perception and tame my sweet tooth is working. So the SparkCoach challenge speeded up my progress on the Official Tame the Sweet Tooth Challenge. I do expect this challenge to require real attention for the next month, and then ongoing intermittent attention.
The SparkCoach challenge today is to tell someone about my goals. I blog about my goals and progress all the time, so no big deal. One goal I'm currently working on is extending my streak of days sticking to my calorie range. As of yesterday, I was at a new personal record since I've been counting of 8 days. Two of those days I ate every calorie coming to me. I also have a goal to get to a weight of 126, fluctuating 124-129 rather than the 128-133 range I've been in for the past year. Although my lowest recent weight has been 128.2 and most days I'm 129.something, I have kept a middle two on the scale every day this year so far. So I feel like I am making progress.
This morning I challenged myself to run a treadmill 5K in under 30 minutes. I think I slightly miscalculated my interval speeds. I ended up making the 3.1 miles in 30 minutes and 12 seconds even though I ran the last minute at 7 mph. Most of it I ran 6.0-6.5mph. That is good enough to bring a smile to my face anyway! I'll break 30 minutes next week. Don't know if I can break my PR of 28:28 or not, but probably will take a race to come close. I amgoing to try.
Did a good strength training session today. My personal trainer is still not back to work following his family emergency. I will be setting some goals for strength training after I complete his assessment and receive his recommendations.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
SparkCoach suggested participants blog about progress with SparkCoach challenges. Today's challenge is to put tempting food out of sight. To tell the truth, I think I am beyond this challenge. With my husband (chips, snack crackers, cookies, chocolate candy, jam, ice cream, desserts, pizza, fries, croutons, burgers, fatty meats, beans with ham, cheese) and grandkids (full fat or 2% milk products, sweetened yogurt, raisins, fruit snacks, cereals, peanut butter, applesauce/mixed fruit you suck) I just have to look at stuff and know it is not for me. I understand that research and common sense says you are less likely to indulge in trigger foods if they are out of sight. I'll remember that for the next time I'm struggling. Recently my struggles have not been about food that is sitting out, but overeating things that I am suppose to eat like the main dish or oatmeal and nonfat milk.
Yesterday's exercise challenge was easy for me (warm up, exercise, cool down, stretch) as I already wrote. The day before was giving up all sweets, even artificial sweetener, a very hard one for me even just for one day. I didn't do it the day it was assigned; I needed a day to prepare mentally. All in all I was successful. Only fruit I had all day was unsweetened applesauce. I had no sugar and no Splenda packets. My one slip was I poured a glass of diet cranberry juice and honestly drank it without thinking. It isn't even something I usually have. I bought it for Christmas and still have some left. So I'm thinking I should try that challenge again and go for 100%.
Hoping you are having a great day! What challenges are you currently undertaking and how is it going?? Do challenges help you?
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